Quando o melhor amigo de Eugenia Kuyda, fundadora de uma startup de inteligência artificial, morreu, ela decidiu que iria voltar a falar com ele.
Segundo a reportagem do The Verge, Kuyda pegou em todas as SMS que tinha trocado com Roman Mazurenko e alimentou-as numa rede neural artificial.O resultado foi o desenvolvimento de um bot que responde às mensagens do utilizador de uma forma semelhante à que Roman faria.
The Roman bot was received positively by most of the people who wrote to Kuyda, though there were exceptions. Four friends told Kuyda separately that they were disturbed by the project and refused to interact with it. Vasily Esmanov, who worked with Mazurenko at the Russian street-style magazine Look At Me, said Kuyda had failed to learn the lesson of the Black Mirror episode. “This is all very bad,” Esmanov wrote in a Facebook comment. “Unfortunately you rushed and everything came out half-baked. The execution — it’s some type of joke. … Roman needs [a memorial], but not this kind.”
Victoria Mazurenko, who had gotten an early look at the bot from Kuyda, rushed to her defense. “They continued Roman’s life and saved ours,” she wrote in a reply to Esmanov. “It’s not virtual reality. This is a new reality, and we need to learn to build it and live in it.”
Roman’s father was less enthusiastic. “I have a technical education, and I know [the bot] is just a program,” he told me, through a translator. “Yes, it has all of Roman’s phrases, correspondences. But for now, it’s hard — how to say it — it’s hard to read a response from a program. Sometimes it answers incorrectly.”
O bot está acessível através da app Luka, no iTunes.
Speak, Memory [Casey Newton, The Verge]